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Guided

Croatia Bike Tour

Croatia’s Dalmation Coast is one of the most dramatic shorelines in Europe where coastal mountains sweep down to the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. This bike tour starts in Split, a bustling coastal city and home to Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most spectacular Roman structures still standing today. On this bike tour we island hop, with overnights on two of Croatia’s most spectacular islands, Hvar and Korcula. The Croatian culture is ancient and rich, with Greek, Roman, Venetian, and Austro-Hungarian influences.  We dive into this culture headfirst, with a cooking class, an olive mill visit, a winery tour, and an oyster farm excursion. On this trip you will cycle through fragrant fields of rosemary and lavender. You will roll through fishing villages and stroll cobblestone streets. You will unwind on a private charter boat excursion. The tour ends in Dubrovnik, the Dalmation coast’s most captivating city. Dubrovnik’s Old Town is is one of the world’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities.

​Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking class

  • Oyster farm excursion

  • Olive oil mill visit

  • Winery tour and tasting

  • Charter boat day tour

Price
US$ 3,500 per person, double occupancy


2023 Date
May 24-June 1 (Open to Denver Bicycle Touring Club)

Single Supplement
+ US$ 600 for single room occupancy

 
Length
9 Days, 8 Nights


Meet / Finish
Split / Dubrovnik


Route Rating
Moderate: 6-39 miles (10-63 km) per day over hilly terrain.


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Daily Itinerary

Day 6 and 7:  Korcula Island

A speedy catamaran takes us from Hvar to the island of Korcula. Our hotel has a lovely beachfront location in the old town of Korcula. Like a mini-Dubrovnik, the old town is tucked behind massive walls on a small peninsula. Inside the walls you will find 13th Century buildings separated by narrow winding streets. We ride to a family-run winery and sample their white wines made with a Grk grapes, a native Croatian grape that thrives on the island’s sandy shores. The next day we cycle down the coast following a quiet road on the water’s edge. We stop for lunch in Račišće, a picturesque port spread around a broad bay.

Day 8:  Dubrovnik

A short ferry ride takes us back to the mainland where we ride through coastal vineyards with breathtaking sea and mountain views. We stop for lunch in Žuljana, a small fishing village with a pebble beach that faces an emerald sea. Our ride ends in Mali Ston. Mali Ston is an amazing place. It has a 5.5 km stone wall, Europe’s longest, dating from the 14th Century. It has salt flats that have been in use for two millenia, and it has a sea channel where world class oysters are produced. Forty families have licenses to harvest oysters in the pristine waters. The patriarch of one of these families takes us out on his old wooden boat. He pulls fresh oysters and mussels from the sea and prepares them before our eyes. If you like oysters and mussels, these will most likely be the best you have ever had. Our day ends with a shuttle to our seaside Dubrovnik hotel. Group dinner in Dubrovnik

Day 8:  Dubrovnik

The bike tour ends in Dubrovnik. We strongly encourage you to spend an additional day or two to visit Dubrovnik's Old Town, Croatia's most popular attraction. You can fly out of Dubrovnik's airport or return to the Split airport which offers more international connections. You can travel from Dubrovnik to Split by ferry or by bus, with the trip taking about 5 hours.

Day 1 and 2:  Split

We rendezvous in the late afternoon at our hotel in Split. Our hotel is just a short walk from Split’s main attraction, Diocletian’s Palace, a palace built in the third century AD for a Roman Emperor. We stroll along the waterfront before a group dinner within the walls of the palace. The next day we make lunch at a cooking class. We meet a Croatian chef who takes us to the local produce and fish markets. During a hands-on cooking class, we create a traditional meal washed down with local wines. After lunch a warm-up ride takes us to a large park next to the city center. We cycle uphill and are rewarded with spectacular coastal views. Before leaving the park, we stop at a hillside café for some cold refreshments on a scenic terrace.

Day 3:  Brac Island

A ferry takes us to the island of Brac. We cycle to Skrip, the island’s oldest village dating back 3,000 years. Skrip has a 16th century fortress and a delightful olive oil museum. We tour the museum and see an ancient olive mill at work. After our tour we have lunch al fresco at the museum. Lunch is a smorgasbord including olive spreads, local cheeses, cold cuts and homemade marmalades. Leaving Skrip a coastal ride takes us to a pristine beach for a refreshing swim. The day ends with a ferry ride back to Split.

Day 4 and 5:  Hvar Island

We take a ferry to the island of Hvar. A pretty ride on quiet backroads leads to two picturesque harbor villages. The second village is called Vrboska, and resembles a tiny Venice. We have lunch next to a canal in Vrboska. In the afternoon a long slow climb takes us to the other side of the island and to the town of Hvar. Our hotel is nestled in a cove above a sandy beach. Every one of our rooms faces the sea and the hotel’s lovely infinity pools. The following day we won’t be cycling as we have booked an excursion on a chartered boat. The boat will take us to a cave, a lagoon, a beach, and a bay. Bring your bathing suit for swimming and snorkeling.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Distance

Daily Distance

Lodging

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Flos Luxury Rooms
Split (3 nights)

This guest house is located in the city center near the boardwalk. The rooms are elegant with beautiful white marble bathrooms. Some rooms have sea views.


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Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, Hvar (2 nights)
Located on a secluded bay, this luxury hotel has a multi-level freshwater pools. Rooms have views of the Paklinski Islands or the well-groomed gardens.

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The Fabris - Luxury Inn
Korcula (2 nights)

Centrally located in Korcula Old Town, the Fabris is set in a traditional stone house with traditional and modern décor. The hotel is just steps from the sea.

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Lodging

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.
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Hotel Kompas
Dubrovnik (1 night)

Enjoying a seafront setting, the Kompas Hotel is near a pebbly beach and seaside promenade. The hotel is a 15-minute bus ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Town.


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What's Included

What's Included

  • 8 nights in 4 hotels (2 boutique hotels and 1 spa hotel)

  • All breakfasts, 1 picnic, 2 group dinners

  • 2 guides

  • All ferries

  • Van support

  • Split cooking class with trained chef

  • Four beautiful rides (extra miles available)

  • Van support

  • Friendly bilingual guide

  • Use of a high-end bicycle (hybrid, road bike or e-bike)

  • Use of a helmet

  • Souvenir water bottle to keep

Departure from Dubrovnik, End of Tour

The bike tour ends in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik has an airport with international connections. The Split airport has more international connections. Busses for Split depart every hour (travel time 4-5 hrs). A ferry for Split departs twice per day (travel time 4.5 hrs). We will be happy to assist you with your post-tour travel plans.

Want to Save?

Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Our Dates Dont Work?

We may be able to offer the dates you want. Email us with the dates you prefer.

Worried about the hills in Croatia?

Consider using an ebike. The ebike will flatten out those hills. You can adjust the level of assistance so you can exercise as much or as little as you like.
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